Thomas N. Webler

Adjunct Faculty, ES PhD Program
Department of Environmental Studies

Publications

Books and Monographs

O. Renn, T. Webler, and P. Wiedemann (Editors), Fair and Competent Citizen Participation: Evaluating New Models for Environmental Discourse (Kluwer Academic Press: Dordrecht August, 1995).

R. Borden, M. Bubholz, L. Hens, J. Taylor, and T. Webler (Editors), Human Ecology: Progress Through Integrative Perspectives (Society for Human Ecology: Bar Harbor, ME, 1995).


Articles and Chapters (refereed publications)

T. Webler. Forthcoming 1999. The Craft - Science Dialectic of Public Participation. Journal of Risk Research

S. Tuler and T. Webler. Forthcoming 1999. Voices from the Forest: Participants and Planners Evaluate a Public Policy Making Process. Society and Natural Resources (vol 12).

C. Jaeger, O. Renn, E. Rosa, T. Webler, R. Cantor, O. Edenhofer, S. Functowicz, G. McDonell, J. Ravetz, and G. Sergen. 1998. "Decision Analysis and Rational Action." In: Steve Rayner and Elizabeth Malone (Editors). Human Choice and Climate Change (Columbus OH: Battelle Press), pp.141-215.

T. Webler. 1997. Organizing Public Participation: A Review of Three Handbooks. Human Ecology Review 3(1):245-254.

H. Rakel, O. Renn, and T. Webler. 1997. Zur historischen Entwicklung der Klurschlammverordnung in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika. [The historical development of regulations pertaining to the land application of sewage sludge in the USA.] Korrespondenz Abwasser 44(10):1784-1794.

T. Webler and S. Tuler. 1997. Valuing Diversity and Consensus in Environmental Policy Making. Whole Terrain pp. 57-71.

S. Tuler and T. Webler. 1997. How Much Participation Makes a Participatory Process Legitimate? Observations from Participants in Forest Policy-Making and Nuclear Weapons Complex Management. In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

O. Renn, T. Webler, and H. Kastenholz. 1996. Perception of Uncertainty: Lessons for Risk Management and Communication. In: Virginia H. Sublet, Vincent T. Covello, and Tim L. Tinker (editors), Scientific Uncertainty and Its Influence on the Public Communication Process. (Boston: Kluwer Academic), pp. 163-181.

O. Renn and T. Webler. 1996. Der kooperative Diskurs: Grundkonzeption und Fallbespiel. Analyse & Kritik: Zeitschrift fur Sozialwissenschaften 18:175-207. [Cooperative discourse: Fundamentals and case study.]

O. Renn, T. Webler, and H. Kastenholz. 1996. "Procedural and Substantive Fairness in Landfill Siting: A Swiss Case Study." Risk: Health, Safety, and Environment 7[Spring]:145-168. Full text online

T. Webler, H. Kastenholz, and O. Renn. 1995. Public Participation in Impact Assessment: A Social Learning Perspective, Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 15:443-463.

S. Tuler and T. Webler. 1995. A Process Evaluation Methodology. Human Ecology Review 2(Winter/Spring): 62-71.

T. Webler. 1995. 'Right' Discourse in Citizen Participation: An Evaluative Yardstick, In: O. Renn, T. Webler, and P. Wiedemann (Eds), Fairness and Competence in Citizen Participation: Evaluating Models for Environmental Discourse (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press).

T. Webler and O. Renn. 1995. A Brief Primer on Public Participation: Philosophy and Practice, In: O. Renn, T. Webler, and P. Wiedemann (Eds), Fairness and Competence in Citizen Participation: Evaluating Models for Environmental Discourse (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press).

T. Webler, H. Rakel, O. Renn, and B. Johnson. 1995. A Comparative Analysis of Concerns About Land Application of Municipal Sewage Sludge, Risk Analysis: An International Journal 15(3):421-436.

H. Seiler und T. Webler. 1995. Prozedurale Demokratie - Ein Beitrag zur schweizerischen Demokratiereform? Zeitschrift fur Schweizerisches Recht Band 114: 171-199. [Procedural democracy: A contribution to the reform of democracy in Switzerland.]

O. Renn und T. Webler. 1994. Konfliktbewultigung durch Kooperation in der Umweltpolitik: Theoretische Grundlagen und Handlungsvorschluge. In: OIKOS (Hrsg.) Kooperation fur die Umwelt: Im Dialog zum Handlen (Verlag Ruegger, St. Gallen, Schwiez 1994), 11-52.

O. Renn, T. Webler, H. Rakel, B. Johnson, and P. Dienel. 1993. A Three Step Procedure for Public Participation in Decision Making, Policy Sciences 26:189-214.

T. Webler, Habermas Put Into Practice: A Democratic Discourse for Environmental Problem Solving Crossing Boundaries: New Directions in Human Ecology (Society for Human Ecology: Bar Harbor, ME, 1993), pp. 60-72.

T. Webler and H.S. Brown. Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene via Contaminated Drinking Water Pipes in Massachusetts: A Predictive Model. Archives of Environmental Health: An International Journal 48(5): 293-297 (September/October 1993).

T. Webler, H. Rakel, and R.J.S. Ross, A Critical Theoretic Look at Technical Risk Analysis, Industrial Crisis Quarterly 6:23-38 (1992).

O. Renn and T. Webler, Anticipating Conflicts: Public Participation in Managing the Solid Waste Crisis, GAIA: Ecological Perspectives in Science, Humanities, and Economics 1(2):84-94 (1992).

O. Renn, T. Webler, and B. Johnson, Public Participation in Hazard Management: The Use of Citizen Panels in the US, RISK: Issues in Safety and Health 2(Summer):196-226 (1991).

T. Webler, D. Levine, H. Rakel, and O. Renn, A Novel Approach at Reducing Uncertainty: The Group Delphi, Technological Forecasting and Social Change 39(May):253-263 (1991).


Technical Reports

T. Webler and S. Tuler. Generating Indicators of Sustainable Communities: A Review of the Literature on Process. Report to the University of Vermont. (Social and Environmental Research Institute: Leverett, MA, August 1996).

T. Webler, Experimenting with a New Democratic Instrument in Switzerland: Siting a Landfill in the Eastern Part of Canton Aargau. Final Report. (Polyproject on Risk and Safety of Technological Systems: ETH Zurich, June, 1994).

T. Webler, Risk Analysis in Environmental Disputes: A Guide for Activists. Completed manuscript (January, 1994).

O. Renn, T. Webler, und S. Tuler, Vorbeugendes Konfliktmanagement fur risikobezogene Entscheidungen Teilprojekt Bericht (Polyprojekt Risiko und Sicherheit technischer Systeme: ETH Zurich, Januar 1992).

T. Webler and O. Renn Conditions for a Rational Discourse on Risk Between Engineers and Social Scientists. Report to Ernst Basler and Company, Zurich, Switzerland. (Center for Technology, Environment, and Development: Worcester, MA, August 1991).

T. Webler and H.S. Brown. Cumulative Dose of Tetrachloroethylene Received Between 1968 and 1985 by Massachusetts Residents from Vinyl Lined Asbestos Cement Water Distribution Pipes: An Empirically-Based Model. Final Report submitted to Boston University School for Public Health. (Center for Technology, Environment, and Development: Worcester, MA., July 1989).

O. Renn, R. Goble, D. Levine, H. Rakel, and T. Webler. Participation in Regional Sludge Management. Final Report submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. (Center for Technology, Environment, and Development: Worcester, MA., January 1989).

T. Webler. Application of Automatic Speech Recognition Techniques to the Automatic Detection of Cough in Patients with Chronic Persistent Cough. Masters Thesis. (Worcester, Polytechnic Institute, Department of Biomedical Engineering, February 1988).

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Newsletters

T. Webler. "Commenting Effectively on Environmental Impact Statements." Childhood Cancer Research Institute Newsletter. (Summer 1996).

T. Webler and S. Tuler. "Discourse and Evaluation in Risk Communication Processes." RISKOM: Newsletter of the Risk Communication Network. 1(2):5-6 (July 1995). (University of East Anglia, UK).

T. Webler, Democratic Participation in the Swiss Alps, Newsletter of the Environment, Technology, and Society Section of the American Sociological Association 71(Spring): 14-15 (1993).

T. Webler, Habermas and Human Ecology: A Reply to Brulle, Human Ecology Review 1(1):218-221 Winter/Spring (1994).


Papers Presented at International Conferences

T. Webler and S. Tuler. 1997. Voices from the Forest: Participants Evaluate a Public Participation Process. 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for Human Ecology. Bar Harbor, ME, October 17, 1997.

S. Tuler and T. Webler, 1997. How Much Participation Makes a Participatory Process Legitimate? Observations from Participants in Forest Policy-Making and Nuclear Weapons Complex Management. Annual Meeting of the National Association of Environmental Professionals. Orlando, FL (May 1997).

T. Webler. 1997. Process Evaluation of Democratic Deliberation in Natural Resource Policy Making. Risk Analysis and Policy Association Annual Meeting Alexandria, VA (March 1997).

T. Webler. 1997. A Rising Star: The Critical Theoretic Paradigm and Its Implications for Policy Making. Risk Analysis and Policy Association Annual Meeting Alexandria, VA (March 1997).

Paul C. Stern and Thomas Webler. Regional Issues and Findings from the United States Pilot PAGEC Survey. Meeting on Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change. Montreal (August 1996).

T. Webler. "What Do Citizens Want from Participation Opportunities?" Invited paper. Annual Meeting of the New England Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Lowell, MA. (March 1996).

E. Rosa, O. Renn, C. Jaeger, and T. Webler, Risk as a Challenge to Cross-Cultural Dialogue. Paper presented at the International Institute of Sociology, XXXII Congress. Trieste, Italy (3-7 July 1995).

T. Webler, Understanding Public Decision Making from a Critical Theoretic Perspective. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Socio-Economics. Washington DC. April 7-9, 1995.

T. Webler, H. Kastenholz, and O. Renn, Risk and Social Learning. Cooperative Discourse in Siting Issues, Presented at the EAAST Conference on Science, Technology, and Change. Budapest, Hungary. August 28-31, 1994.

T. Webler, Paradigms Emerging: The Case for Critical Theory, Presentation made at the 7th Meeting of the Society for Human Ecology, East Lansing, MI. April 21-24, 1994.

T. Webler, Can Public Participation in Impact Assessment Enable Social Learning?, Presentation made at the 7th Meeting of the Society for Human Ecology, East Lansing, MI. April 21-24, 1994.

T. Webler and H. Kastenholz, From Risk Communication to Risk Cooperation, Paper presented at the 66th Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Miami, FL, August 13-17, 1993.

O. Renn and T. Webler, The Role of Competence in the Fair Resolution of Risk Conflicts, Paper presented at the Special Conference on Risk and Fairness at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria, June 20-22, 1993. (To be published in an edited volume in 1994).

T. Webler, Putting Habermas Into Practice: A Democratic Discourse for Solving Environmental Problems, Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for Human Ecology, Snowbird, Utah, October 2-4, 1992.

T. Webler, O. Renn, D. Levine, H. Rakel, and B. Johnson, A Risk Communication Tool to Diagnose Misunderstandings Between Citizens, Experts, and Regulatory Agencies, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, Baltimore, MD, December 8-11, 1991.

T. Webler and O. Renn, A Theoretical Foundation for Developing Criteria to Evaluate Risk Participation Programs. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, Baltimore, MD, December 8-11, 1991.

O. Renn, L. van Vijngaarden, D. Tivnan, Seth Tuler, and T. Webler, Judgments About Seriousness of Risk: Empirical Analysis of Competing Explanations, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, Baltimore, MD, December 8-11, 1991.

T. Webler, D. Levine, H. Rakel, and O. Renn, A Comparison of Citizen, Expert, and Regulator Concerns in Sewage Sludge Management, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, New Orleans, LA, October, 1990.

T. Webler, D. Levine, H. Rakel, and O. Renn, A Novel Approach for Reducing Uncertainty: The Group Delphi, Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August, 1989.

O. Renn and T. Webler, Public Participation in Regional Hazard Management, Paper presented at the Northeast Regional Science Meetings, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, May, 1989.